Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 Hands-on Review

First Look

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Introducing Samsung Xcover 3. The newest, toughest addition to Samsung’s ruggedized handsets. It was released last March. This ruggedized phone has a tough-looking exterior with MIL-STD 810G specification that can withstand drops for up to 1.2 meters. It can also handle extreme temperature and even radiation. The phone itself is water-resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.


At first glance, The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 looks like your regular smartphone. Only by looking closely that you’ll see that it is not your typical mobile device. The first feature that you’ll notice are the three buttons which are rarely seen on smartphones nowadays. It is fully functional even when wet so you don’t have to worry dropping it on liquid surfaces. The tough-looking exterior can live up to its hype as it is highly resistant to dust particles, radiation, extreme heat and cold as well as concrete drops for up to 1.2 meters.

The edges of the phone are also made with tough plastic to withstand crashes and scratches. The corners and the back are also bolstered and looks durable enough as well. All of the buttons are raised so it’ll be much easier to operate. They’ve also added a programmable Xcover key on the side of the handset.

Overall, the design looks good. It is an enterprise-grade handset perfect for users who are always on the go. Whether you’re traveling, hiking, or often times in field work, this mobile device Is suitable for users with an active lifestyle.

The Camera /Resolution and CPU

Although, not too fancy it is decent enough for a smartphone. The primary camera has a 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, and autofocus with LED flash. The front cam on the other hand has 2MP, pretty good for selfies or group pictures. While the video, has 720p at 30 frames per second capacity. The screen is also smaller at 4.5 inches compared to other smartphones and in my opinion, this is more practical than bigger phone screens. It is run by Marvell Armada chipset with Quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU with an expandable memory up to 128GB.

Battery and Price

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover is run by 2200 mah Li-Ion battery with up to 10h of talk time and up to 85 hours of music play. For a ruggedized smartphone and for the price of USD$275, this is one of the best smartphone to invest on if you’re looking for a ruggedized design. It is one of the toughest and probably the most badass looking phone in the market today.

The perfect phone accessory

We at Strike are very much serious in our stand in providing our customers with the best products. Recently, our team of engineers conducted a road test with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3. The phone has been attached to our very own Xcover 3 holder. We then run multiple energy-consuming apps like Youtube that is running using wifi, Bluetooth audio streaming, Google maps with turn by turn using the on board GPS, background video recording using the device as a dashcam and we’ve also turned the screen to maximum brightness and was set to outdoor mode.

The results were phenomenal as the phone was able to get 1% in battery charge for every 3 minutes. This is because of the superior charging output of our Strike Alpha Cradles. Our Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 holder comes with a built-in 3amps charger for Pro installed version and a 2.4 amp output for DIY version which is vital for enterprise grade handsets.

Additionally, Strike is committed in their advocacy against distracted driving by providing a hands-free solution for your mobile phones whilst driving. Our cradles and holders are innovatively designed to be road-legal and safe for people. You can check our full range of cradles here.


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